The Reverend Jerry Falwell, a leading US conservative evangelist, has died in hospital in Virginia after being found unconscious in his office.
Doctors gave Mr Falwell emergency treatment at Lynchburg General Hospital but could not revive him.
US President George W Bush paid tribute to Mr Falwell, 73, who he said lived a life of "faith, family, and freedom".
"He taught young people to remain true to their convictions and rely upon God's word throughout each stage of their lives," Mr Bush said.
... bushy omitted to say that in 2002, he sparked anger across the muslim world by calling the prophet muhammad a "terrorist".
shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks, he said that gays, atheists, civil-rights activists and legal abortions in the united states had angered god and "helped this happen".
and in 1999, he denounced the BBC TV children's show the teletubbies, because he believed one character, tinky winky, was homosexual...